I picked up some Varget to use in some .223 loads.
I’ll start by saying that once I use up this powder, I won’t buy any more of it. The reason is simple. I am unable to get consistent drops from my powder measure with it. Each charge was weighed, and they would vary by .1 to .2 grains from my intended weight. When I was loading with the Accurate powder, each load was dead on, every time. And I think it is due to a combination of the shape of the powder and my powder drop.
Take a look:
The Varget powder is cylindrical in shape, and the Accurate 2460 is spherical. It seems that in my powder drop, the spherical powder fills the cavity much more uniformly than the cylindrical powder. Note, I’m not saying it’s bad powder, just different, and it doesn’t work as well with the re-loading equipment I use.
So on to the reloads. I loaded 3 different batches. All using Hornady FMJBT 55 grain bullets, all seated to an OAL of 2.240“ give or take a few thousandth’s of an inch. These targets were at 25 yards, shot off one of those triangular rests they provide at the range, from an AR-15 using a Rock River Arms Mid-length upper with a 16” Chrome lined Wilson barrel. I really need to upgrade my benchrest setup ( A LOT) to take me out of the equation as much as possible when trying to do these comparisons. So take them for what they are worth.
First up, 25.5 Grains of Varget
Next, 26.0 grains of Varget:
And finally, 26.5 grains of Varget:
As a comparison, Here’s a target shot with a load of 26.0 grains of Accurate 2460, same bullet as above.
I didn’t see any noticable difference in the 3 loads I shot. I’ll probably load a bunch of brass using 25.5 grains of Varget until its gone. The increased powder charge didn’t seem to buy me anything, so I might as well get as much as I can out of it.